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to drive. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin with that developing story from syria's civil war. credible, new concerns about the use of chemical weapons by syrian forces. >> syria's chemical weapons stockpile is believed to be one of the largest in the world. and there's word that regime forces might be ready to use it. we spoke with alex marquardt a short time ago, from the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: it seems that syria went through the preparation phase, loading components of the highly-toxic sarin gas. syria doesn't even acknowledge that it has chemical weapons. they've said that they would never use them against their own people. but one top official warned this summer that they would only be used against what he called external aggression. >> and that sarin gas that alex just mentioned, it is extremely toxic. a single drop can kill a person in a matter of moments. >> of course, the u.s. has been worried about syria using chemical weapons for quite some time, now. abc's tahman bradley has that part of the story. >> reporter: a senior official tells abc news, the use
story on the front pages of newspapers today. that is syria. and u.s. intelligence showing that they may be moving some of their stockpiles of chemical weapons. first, here was president obama yesterday, drawing a red line with syria. listen. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> so, general, does this mean we're closer to u.s. engagement? >> i don't think so at this point. as i understand it what we saw was movement or some activity in the places where they store their chemical weapons. i don't think we've seen the movement of chemical weapons forward to the point where they could be used or put on weapons. but i do think it puts syria on notice that this would be unacceptable behavior and there would be consequences for that behavior. and i like the president's words, will be held accountable. the wo
in syria. rebel leaders see the airport as key too because by seeingdz it they could cut the supply of weapon and other material to to forces loyal to president assad. good evening once agai again. people in syria are leaving afraid that president assad will unleash chemical weapon them. region around damascas is a battle zone and two million syrian are out of the homes tonight. it's raining. it is cold. and the conditions are miserable. abc news reporter alex is one of the few journalist inside syri syria. >> rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. first stop a rebel checkpoint. tank and men armed with ak 47. once past them a narrow winding road that led us to white tent and sea of red mud. in it the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth. tiny campfire. partof the mass exodus. family fleeing the cross fire of syria bloody civil war. for them life is dire. and growing dangerous. few here have their own jacket or shoes. it's growing colder by the day. fear that children are getting sicker. they pet just one sm
as this coutry cal david? >> nick, thank you. >>> to syria tonight. the threat of chemical weapons appears to be growing. there is new proof those weapons may be in the hands of both sides. alex marquardt got inside syria where he fir he reports infom e oric' allies, great britals it had seen evidence thatria has prepared wea so far, no proof has been offered publicly at the same time, syria has the rebels could usmicl weapons, racheting up the tension in this conf fighting has gripped the syrian capital, damascus. rebels are trying to take the airport. potentially huge logistical blow to the assad regime. american officials are scared a desperate assad could use chemical weapons. and said regime forces recently prepared components of sarin gas. a highly deadly nerve agent. syria does not acknowledge having chemical weapons. said they will never be used against their own people. the forces are inflicting big losses thenize several of whom we met yesterday inside syria, recovering fro battle in a makeshift hospita they're yu this man is 17. next to him, a 28-year-old father o
. >>> the united states is warning syria it will cross a line if it uses chemical weapons against rebels in that country. this is video of troops who battled insurgents in aleppo. intelligence agencies from the u.s. and other countries say they've seen evidence in recent days that syria is moving chemical weapon components into combat areas. secretary of state hillary clinton has warned syria that using chemical weapons would bring action from the u.s. >>> the coast guard's small boat was rammed into another boat and one of the members died. his crew mate was treated for minor injuries. another coast guard stopped the other boat that was a smuggler boat and twos are detained. >>> prince william and his wife are expecting their first child, it was confirmed. tara moriarty has more on the future heir to the throne. >> the words are true. kate middleton is pregnant. the palace didn't what to release the good news this early but because the duchess was hospitalized with severe morning sickness, they decide to announcement. now, royals say kate was admitted to the hospital because of a severe
ending the syria civil war. secretary of state hillary clinton and a top russian diplomat will held a surprise meeting with the united nations peace envoy foreseers, still amid signs for for syria. >>> meanwhile germany approved sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey to protect the country against attacks from neighboring syria. mortar rounds and shells from syria have killed several turks in recent weeks. the decision on the missiles must still be approved by the german parliament. >>> it's official, recreational marijuana use is now legal in washington state. hundreds of of people showed up at the space needle to celebrate at midnight. voters approved the law last month. it only covers adults aged 21 and older. some university of washington students did their homework on the limitations. >> we know it's not legal for us to use it. >> i think people will respect the rule just because i mean there's a lot of consequences if you are caught smoking pot on campus? >> colorado also legalized recreational use of marijuana but that amendment won't take effect until the governor pr
krugman, on sunday for "this week." >>> and now, we go overseas to syria, where people are fleeing amid fears that the assad regime will unleash chemical weapons. the region around the capital, damascus, now a battle zone. 2 million syrians now on the run, many of them children. and it is extremely difficult for journalists to enter that country and cover the chaos. but abc's alex marquardt pushed across the border tonight and he is there. alex? >> reporter: we've spent the day among the thousands of refugees living here, and the conditions are miserable. rain has turned the roads to rivers of mud, there's no power or gas for heat, and it's only getting colder by the day. the rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. the first stop, a rebel checkpoint. tanks and men armed with ak-47s. once past them, a narrow, winding road that led us to white tents in a sea of red mud. in it, the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth -- a tiny campfire. they're part of the mass exodus, families fleeing the crossfire of syria's bloody civil war. for
of a neighbor. >> the situation in syria may be reaching the boiling point. u-s officials are warning president bashar al-assad against using weapons of mass destruction. ed payne has the story. (gunshots ) >> as the fighting in syria rages on, secretary of defense leon panetta says the latest intelligence reports raise serious concerns that syrian president bashar al-assad may turn chemical weapons on his own citizens. panetta issued this warning to the syrian leader. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made it very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> diplomatic efforts to end the 21-month conflict in syria have failed. 42- thousand people have been killed so far, according opposition activists. with so much at stake, senator john mccain says it may be time to take action. >> if true kitties reports may mean that the -- these reports united states and our allies are facing the prospect
accountable. >> syria cently moved its stock pile of weapons. the president stole told syria's president the world is watching. secretary of strait clinton called it a red line for the u.s. neither she nor the president said what action the u.s. might take. >>> health experts say the flu season is off to its earliest start in 10 years and it is shaping up to be a bad one. the cdc said except every state except vermont is showing signs of the flu. they recommend getting a flu shot. there is a free clinic tomorrow. >>> scientist meeting in san francisco today unvailed a new technology that could help better predict storms. it keeps track of the pineapple express winter storms. those rivers are monitored by ground moisture sensors and gps. the new technology was presented at the american gee you physical convention today. >>> the results are in from the first test of marsian soil. right now scientists say they have no evidence to support life. it also came from the meeting of the geo physical union. >>> a fire district is reconsidering some of its protocols tonight after three firefighters
in hopes of ending the civil war in syria. secretary of state hillary clinton met yesterday with russia's foreign minister and a united nations mediator in ireland. there's a new sense of urgency because assad's regime appears to be getting desperate. >> we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advanced, in particular on damascus that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> in washington, arizona senator john mccain said the u.s. should consider all options to prevent chemical attacks in syria including military intervention. as for the crisis in cairo, the white house says president obama has called egyptian president mohammed morsi to express concerns about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents who have been protesting for a couple of weeks now. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. this is a live picture outside in cairo. you can see that the tents are still up there and a lot of people congregating o on the street
to defend against attacks from syria. >> we are deploying two batteries here to turkey along with the troop that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may need in dealing threat that come out of syria. >> now the secretary made that announcement while meeting troops in turkey. 400 american troops will be assigned to the missiles. >>> in the meantime syria denies reports it fired scud missiles at fighters. they say the united states and nato are wrong. there are concerns syria may use the scud missiles to launch chemical weapons. >>> the fiscal cliff negotiations in washington may put the speaker at risk. any compromise may draw a line between him and the tea party conservatives. >> reporter: the house speaker and the president are still in a standoff over the deal and the speaker plans to go home to ohio today. they met at the white house last night but didn't reach any agreement. the speaker said he is still available to negotiate over the phone but any deal could mean bad news for his role on capitol hill. if he refuses a dea
. in the newsroom, abc 7 news. >>> let's go over seas to syria. united nations preparing to evacuate all non-essential staff from syria growing fear that the regime is considering using chemical weapons. european union also reducing the presence there. and president obama is warning syria president over the entire situation. martha tonight on the weapon that syria has and what that means for the united states. >> latest intelligence is alar alarming. officials telling abc news the un is new seeing specific signs that the syrian regime may prosecute engine to use the chemical sarah against opposition forces. it is an extremely toxic substance that can kill a person in a matter of minutes. with only one dro drop. the victim suffocated from paralyzing effects of the toxin. this new intelligence has obama administration so concerned harsh warnings came today from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those unhis command world is watching. use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons
is happening. >> on the brink. new clue that >> on the brink. new clue that syria president assad is out of >> good evening once again. we begin the half hour with syria. civil war there has been raging for months as you know. tonight syria ally ins russia are signaling that the end may near now for president assad. martha on the end game developing there nitd. >> could it all end soon here in damascas with startsing word from nato and now even president assad staunch ally russia that the brutal dictator days are numbered. that's because while assad is still in control in the capitol, rebel move closer. now just outside in the suburb. our bbc colleague jeremy boehner saw it firsthand. in a neighborhood where assad forces have tried to stop the rebel advance pounding the buildings and homes with airstrikes and artillery. battle is bloody. at the regime military hospital there are said to be 40 wounded treaty add day while the rebel like this fight whor lost both feet received treatment from a dentist. their hospital bombe bombed. >> rebel show they have the stomach for a fight. the
there is no active arrest warrant that would justify taking him into custody. >>> to syria where the government fired scud missiles at rebels in a significant eggs escalation of the two-year war. syria says five people died in a bombing attack on the ministry's headquarters in damascus. rebels fighting to overthrow assad have been moving closer to the capital. all of this comes as more than a hundred countries including the united states recognize the rebels as the legitimate representative of syria. this move opens the way to greater humanitarian assistance and possibly even military aide to the forces fighting assad. >>> israel's ambassador to denmark is telling jews not to wear religious symbols in copenhagen in rising anti-sentiment. there has been serious attacks on israeli embassy and several incidents in the neighborhood of a synagogue. >> we are learning that the plane top superstar jenni rivera plunged 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nosedive. the crash killed her and six other people aboard their lear jet on sunday in northern mexico. plane hit the ground about a mile from where it had
a dangerous new development in syria.. but first.. the 9-1-1 calls have been released from this weekend's murder-suicide involving n-f-l player jovan belcher. the kansas city linebacker shot and killed his girlfriend, the mother of his three-month-old daughter, before killing himself. >> the latest fatal tragedy involving an n-f-l player began saturday morning. >> dispatcher:"shooting, 5401 crysler .. incident .. 22-year-old female." >> "i believe our suspect is a chiefs player." >> "ok, i've got two coaches, one other employee here who's trying to beg with this guy." >> "we've got shots fired .. (noise) self-inflicted, one in the head, get in here." >>catherine: it's clear what happened: police say chiefs linebacker jovan belcher shot his girlfriend kasandra perkins, the mother of their three-month old daughter, multiple times, then drove to the team's training facility and shot himself in front of his coach and general manager. but why remains unanswered. within hours, the team and the league decided their sunday game against the carolina panthers would go on. >> the fans have been ha
in syria. margaret brennan is at the nato headquarters in brussels. >> reporter: hillary clinton just finished her last nato meeting as secretary of state. military alliance decided not to intervene in syria to stop the killing that has taken the lives of nearly 40,000 people. they are sending patriot missiles to turkey, to create a shield to protect against potential chemical weapons attack. >> we've made our views absolutely clear to the syrians, to the international community through various channels, public, private, direct, indirect that this is a situation that the entire international community is united on. >> reporter: secretary clinton said the missile shield will only be used for defensive purposes. nato did not discuss a no fly zone or safe haven to protect syrians. for "cbs this morning," margaret brennan, nato headquarters, brussels. >>> in an interview on tuesday, i asked former defense secretary robert gates about the worsening situation in syria and the possibility of the government using chemical weapons against the rebels. >> what should we do in syria if they attem
have reached an agreement in hopes of ending the civil war in syria. clinton has been meeting with russia's foreign minister. the deal calls for mediation efforts for all parties to bring about political transition. bashar assad must leave power. there's growing concerns that his regime is desperate. >> we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> in washington, arizona senator john mccain said the u.s. should consider all options to prevent chemical attacks in syria, including military intervention. >> as for the crisis in cairo president obama has made a phone call to mohammed morsi. the white house says he expressed concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters there. r morsi's supporters have been clashing with his opponents. they're upset that morsi gave himself sweeping powers that place him above judicial oversight. >>> john mcafees deportation back to police is being delayed after being hospitalized for chest pains. he's back in a guatem
warning to end the civil war in syria, the latest on talks to find a resolution. >>> plus sad news for fans of a popular mexican singer and where authorities say they found the wreckage of her plane. >>> in a rush to get your holiday packages out on time is in the u.s. postal service is trying to make did easierment we'll tell you how. ♪ because we know how much you do to make the holidays just right. from ornaments to ottomans, memories are made with ikea. . >>> egypt remains in turmoil tonight as thousands of protesters marched to the presidential palace. president mohamed morsi scrapped a decree giving him wide pours, but he is going ahead with a constitutional referendum this week and a mass demonstration has been planned for tuesday. >>> president obama is praising the rescue of an american doctor who was helping the peple afghanistan. a special ops member was killed during the rescue. he made frequent trips to afghanistan, working for a nonprofit called morningstar. a u.s. general said tonight that the mission shows an unwaivering commitment to defeat the taliban. >>> talks
tomorrow christmas day from the basilica's central balcony. >>> in other news of the world tonight in syria, christians went to church praying for an end to their nation's civil war. in damascus young people delivered gifts. about 10% of syria's people are christian. >>> in syria a red alert is in effect as smoke and ash are billowing from a volcano near argen to the tine -- argentine. they're keeping their side of the border on the highest alert. the volcano is about 10,000 feet high and has not erupted in more than 20 years. >>> in mexico city, the program is sponsoring a program that will allow people to turn in their guns and receive cash or toys. the move comes after a 10-year- old boy was sitting in a movie theater watching a movie and was hit by a stray bullet. >>> in south africa, former president nelson mandela remains in the hospital and doctors say there's no plans to release him. >>> doctors in texas who had once said former president george h.w. bush would be able to spend christmas at home have now changed their mind. the 85-year-old was hospitalized in houston late last month
here on wjz. >>> still ahead at 4:00, abducted in syria. a veteran reporter is freed after five days. what he's saying about his captivity. more funerals of the victims in the newtown, connecticut. >>> in the wake of what happened in connecticut, eyewitness news at,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> this is wjz tv, wjz hd, and wjz.com, baltimore. >> from the city, to the counties, to your neighborhood, now it's complete coverage. it's wjz. maryland's news station. >> it's 4:30, 51 degrees with a mixture of sun and clouds. hello everyone. i'm vic carter. >> children in new town, connecticut return to school for the first time as funerals for the victim continue. today families said their final good-byes to two more 6 year olds. james and jessica. tonight there will be a wake for victoria soto. one of several planned this evening. although other schools reopen. sandy hook elementary remains closed. inspire congress to pass tougher gun laws. much of the gun debate focuses on the rifle adam lanza used. the ar 15. >> more than 3 million americans own an ar 15. >> it's a fun gun to shoot. >> gun store owne
, with scott pele. and we'll see >> pelley: tonight, would america go to war in syria? the u.s. is spying on the dictator's chemical weapons. there's new intelligence on that and word that syria may be losing its best ally. david martin at the pentagon margaret brennan with hillary clinton, and elizabeth palm wer a rare look inside the war. >> reporter: in the hospital's intensive care unit the men can't speak but their injuries do. >> pelley: today the first state in the nation has legalized marijuana for recreational use, leaving cops and citizens with lots of questions. john blackstone clears the air. and what town has the winningest football team in the nation? wyatt andrews takes us to a community on hard times now riding high. >> one two, three. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator b
to assure his safety but is back in the palace today. >>> in syria, battles between government and rebel forces are closer to president assad. there are reports of fighting just outside the capital city of damascus increasing fears the syrian government may start using chemical weapons. meanwhile, u.n. secretary- general ban ki-moon has hinted he would not favor an asylum deal for assad even as a way to end syria's civil war. >>> silicon valley pioneer john mcafee is now in guatemala seeking asylum after spending weeks in hiding. mcafee, who founded the santa clara software security company, is wanted for the murder of a neighbor in belize. he says he is innocent. mcafee spoke to the "associated press" in a restaurant in guatemala city after sneaking out of nearby belize. >>> 4748 now. new york police say a suspect is in custody and has implicated himself in the death of a man who was pushed on a subway track. ki-suck han died after being hit by a train at times square. han is shown in a confrontation with a suspect in a surveillance video shortly before being shoved on the track. witnes
go to war in syria? the u.s. is spying on the ictator's chemical weapons. there's new intelligence on that and word that syria may be losing its best ally. david martin at the pentagon, margaret brennan with hillary clinton, and elizabeth palmer a rare look inside the war. >> reporter: in the hospital's intensive care unit, the men can't speak but their injuries do. >> pelley: today, the first
to mediate tensions in syria. >> the australian djs who won't be pulling anymore .d nurse they >>> san jose police officers say the department turned a corner saying the number of officers fleeing the department is growing faster than the city can train new recruits. abc 7 news brings us the latest in this saga of the incredible shrinking police force. officer tina bowles is one of six people this week signing paper work to walk away from the job at san jose police department. after 27 years, bowles is retiring with a disability and part of an unprecedented exodus. >> the environment is toxic. officers can't speak their minds about what is going on. the chief didn't listen. city hall doesn't care what he have to say. >> this former police officer retired on disability. he and the counsel majority supported the reform policies, including pay cuts, and voter approved pension reforms. >> it's not about this city and the mayor, what it's about is keeping our city afloat. dealing with a budget situation that has been a disaster and saying what are we going to do to fix it. >> police officers say
within the next 15 minutes. that's traffic. back to you. >>>one of syria's strongest allies now talking about a possible regime change. rebels trying to oust president bashar assad are edging closer to the capital in damascus. today russia's deputy foreign minister said assad is losing control over syria as faces defeat. >>> a british coroner's office confirms a woman committed suicide, the nurse in the hoax with the pregnant duchess of cambridge. she hung herself. there were three suicide notes. she had fallen for a prank by deejays who impersonated the royal family. >>> a ship is off the rocks on the north coast of spain. a cargo vessel ran aground before sun-up yesterday. nobody was hurt but the ship was stuck until high tide. >> captain's probably happy, too. >>> after weeks on the run, software tycoon john mcafee is home in the united states. arrived at miami international airport last night. but he says miami wasn't his first choice. guatemalan authorities just put him on a plane and told the pilot where to go after he was kicked out for entering the country illegally. >> it was a
on the fiscal cliff front and on the gun control front as well as what's happening in syria and other news around the current tree and around the globe. we will take your calls at 866-55-press. the president has made a big compromise, raising the tax cuts to the first $400,000 dropping the payroll tax holiday and, get this cutting social security benefits. wait a minute. i thought social security was not going to be on the table. he promised us that. has the president sold us down the river already? 0, man. lots to talk about. but first, we get the latest. today's current news update from lisa ferguson standing buy in los angeles early this morning. good morning lease a. >> good morning, bill. good morning, everyone. a couple of more details on those fiscal cliff negotiations for you because house speaker boehner is changing gears yet again. as bill mentioned, the president laid out a new offer monday morning. it seemed the two were making some pretty good progress toward a compromise but yesterday boehner shifted to what he is calling plan b. the house spe
putin says changes in syria are needed but he is worried about the fact to unseat bashar assad regime's could lead to more violence in the country. he advocates a solution to prevent the collapse of syria and what he says is an endless civil war. >>> the blame game over the "fiscal cliff" continues on capitol hill. speaker of the house john boehner is pushing ahead with his plan b. the house will vote today on the gop bill that cuts taxes for everyone who makes less than a million dollars a year. democrats say the bill is not balanced and already promises to defeat it into senate. the president says republicans should accept a deal he has offered. >> at some point there's got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends that take the deal. >> hope the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> the president's latest offer provides $850 billion in spending cuts over 10 years while raising $1.3 trillion in revenue. mostly by raising taxes on incomes over $400,000 a year. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is exp
in syria as more than 100 people are killed while simply waiting in line. >> a british newspaper says cyclist lance armstrong owes the paper more than a million dollars. why they want the disgraced cyclist to pay up. >>> today's storm continues to move out of the bay area. coming up the one part of the region that picked up over 5- inches of rain today and the timing of another storm that could impact your christmas plans. w >>> ktvu news producer bell stock just sent us a picture of this tree that fell and smashed a parked car. it happened near p era lta boulevard. the tree is so heavy it will take a forklift to remove it. the tree barely missed falling on to a second car. >>> president obama and first lady attended the funeral for the late senator, senator inouwe. he was buried in the cemetery known as the punch bowl. he served in congress since 1959. he died last week from respiratory problems. reed called inouwe a leader. >>> reports indicate the town in syria had not had ingredients for bread until a week until an aide group delivered provisions next week. hundreds of people had
oversight. >>> and there's a sliver of hope toward ending the 21 month civil war in syria. an anonymous u.s. official told the "associated press" secretary of state hillary clinton and a top russian diplomat will hold a surprise meeting with the united nations peace envoy foreseers. still, this comes amid signs the country's leader bashar assad is edging closer to using chemical weapons against syrian rebels. >>> germany's cabinet today approved sending patriot air defense missiles to turkey to protect the country against attacks from syria. mortar rounds and shells from syria have killed several turks in recent weeks. the decision on the missiles must still be endorsed by the german parliament. >>> superstorm sandy and the "fiscal cliff." a lot of factors could shake up tomorrow's jobs report. we'll have a preview coming up. >> and it looked like new year's eve in seattle. pot smokers light up in celebration of washington's new law but it comes with some limitations. ,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, ♪[ music ] >>> the music world is mourning the death of jazz pioneer dave brubeck who died yesterd
secretary of state hillary clinton plans to meet with russian diplomats and a u.n. peace envoy for syria. the civil war ramped up in recent days with violent attacks and the u.s. fears syria's leader bashar assad is closer to using chemical weapons against anti-government rebels. >>> a new warning about a baby recliner titled to several infant deaths. >> plus, new tires, gps upgrades? the tricky way state lawmakers got taxpayers to fix up their personal cars. >>> and an amazing rescue under water how a group of scuba divers helped free a giant pregnant whale shark when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they cut off a thick rope tt had wrapped itself around te animal's body .. the whale k is 33 feet lon >>> a group of scuba dives in mexico rescued a pregnant whale shark. they cut off a thick rope that this wrapped itself around the animals' body. it could have been months or years. there's barnacles on the rope. the whale shark is 33 feet long. it weighs 15 tons. whale sharks are the largest fish species in existence. despite their size, they are considered harmless to humans. they
this morning that richard engel and three coworkers were released unharmed in syria. nbc had kept the abduction under wraps out of concern for his safety. the identities of the kidnappers and their motives are still unknown. >>> here we are 7 minutes after 5:00 on this tuesday morning. lawrence is on assignment today. and standing in the hardest working woman in showbiz, ladies and gentlemen, here's elizabeth with the latest. >> guess where she is going to be today! [ laughter ] >> yeah, we're in the weather center today. and so far, the biggest story is that the temperature is really cold outside. temperatures are on average about 10 degrees cooler than what we saw yesterday. check out the north bay readings. 38 degrees in santa rosa. 40 in concord. 42 in livermore. so yeah, as you step outside you'll really notice the difference. it's because of an area of low pressure bringing cold breezy conditions for the most part the rain that we saw yesterday having moved east. we could still see a few lingering showers mainly along the coast. the real rain returns later this week. the biggest story wil
will meet today with sir yearia -- syria. the u.s. and russia had been on opposite sides of the conflict of syria with russia expressing support. but today's meeting suggestions a possible compromise. this comes as fox news is reporting that the syrian military has moved to mix deadly chemical weapons. they will not confirm whether they have the weapons, only saying that they would never use those weapons against their own people. >>> president obama and john boehner will talking on the phone about the fiscal cliff. still, there's no real progress. this all comes as another republican says he's willing to break ranks regarding this. tom coburn said that he -- some are looking for a way to save grace as they move in. >>> allison turns reports, hundreds of thousands of california jobs could be lost. alison? >> reporter: and dave, the defense industry projects about 135,000 jobs would be lost in california over the next few years if those tax increases and massive spending cuts kick in at the end of this month. if there's no deal on those, the pentagon was initially told not to plan for the
and his crew held for five days in syria have been freed. nbc news says is the chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, is safe, and harmed at now out of the country. the network says they disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest syria from turkey on thursday. he is says that they were finally freed monday a fire fight at a checkpoint manned by rebel fighters, which they ran into as they were being moved. nbc says that while the crew was missing, there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the capers and no request for ransom. >> hawaii's senator daniel enna-way has died. he died of respiratory complications and washington area hospitals. if the 88 year old was the longest serving senator. he spent 50 years in the senate and was a medal of honor recipient. according to be in na wheys office his last word was " aloha". >> we will be right back. >> in the wake of the deadly connecticut elementary school shooting, we are hearing more stories of courage and heroism. gene rosen lives near the school in newtown. friday morning, before anyone knew what had happened, he disco
. >> thank you. >>> freedom for an american tv reporter and his production team released unharmed in syria after being held captive for five days. this is new video of nbc chief correspondent rich and engel and his crew safely back in turkey today. they were kidnapped last thursday after crossing into syria. they were tied up and blindfolded until they were freed yesterday, following a gun battle at a rebel checkpoint. >> the last fives were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all of the help. the last five days are days we would rather forget. >> ingle thinks his kidnappers were loyal to the syrian government. he says they were not physically abused but there was psychological torture. the kidnappers would ask them to choose which would be shot first and when they refused, there were mock shootings. >>> 7:20. a preliminary hearing set said in the -- debt today in the case of a san francisco -- set today in the case of a san francisco couple who kissed a pimp. prosecutors say they murdere
the last storms. >>> 5:10. violence in syria is taking an ominous turn. next, the action that has the u.s. giving the government there a new warning. >>> political job that new york's mayor bloomberg thinks hillary clinton would be per >>> good tuesday morning. 5:13. sutro tower camera looking at san francisco across the bay into oakland clear out there. no real rain drops right now. a few sprinkles possibly. mike says if you are in the north bay chances are better for that this morning. >>> you are about to see frightening video. an arrest warrant is out for a tv host involved in a stunt that left a chico man with severe burns while magician was per for on tv in the dominican republic. -- the host doused him with flappable cologne and his head was cover -- flammable colon his head was covered in flames, he is optimistic his face will heal with no scars his hand remains badly injured and very painful. >>> troubling signs in syria intelligence reports suggests syrian forces may be preparing to use chemical weapons on their own people. u.s. official says according to recently obtained int
anti- missile system in turkey to protect the country against any crossfire from syria. this comes as syrian rebels released a video reportedly showing air attacks by government fighters and heavy damage to buildings in damascus suburbs. the obama administration is hoping that russia will goin the international community in forming a coalition against syria's president. >> we want to work with russia as we've said many times on the bases of the gene eva action group's c miewn kay. >> nato's secretary-general also echoed warnings by president obama against the use of chemical weapons by the syrian government. the president and secretary of state hillary clinton said that would be crossing a red line. >>> the federal government calls it secure communities. now a program aimed at illegal immigrants is coming under fire. the u.s. mandate that california's attorney general wants to ignore. >> it's only day two but royal baby watch is in full swing in london. when kate is expected to come home from the hospital and the welcome visit she received today. >>> our ipad app is ready to downlo
global news this year involving conflicts in the middle east, including a civil war in syria still raging and there is some turmoil over europe's economy and the founder of wikilocations continues to be under siege. en toa krause looks at the year's major world news. >> reporter: terrorists launched a deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya on september 11th. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans were killed. the arab spring triggered civil war in syria. more than 40,000 people died as rebels try to force out dictator assad. u.s. troops are now in neighboring turkey. the muslim brotherhood rose to power in egypt after the country's first free election. but hundreds of thousands are rejecting president morci's iron hand. israeli forces bombed gaza for eight straight days in november. retaliating after hamas militants fired long-range rockets across the border. forensic experts exhumed the body of yasser arafat to try to determine if he was poisoned eight years ago. north korean celebrated the firing of a long-range rocket into orbit. many believe the communist natio
for syria. it signals to end the country's 21 month civil war. u.s. secretary of state hilary clinton and the russian foreign minister will be part of the meeting. the gathering of the figures possible compromise in how to handle the conflict in syria. stay tuned. >>> also stay tuned this country is one step closer to falling off the fiscal cliff this morning. while the major players are still not sitting down to talk, there's some good news believe it or not this morning. here is suzanne mcginnis. >> social security workers marched outside they're office in baltimore wednesday. they're protesting the governments cuts to kick in at the end of the year. sdmrsz -- >> we don't want to see our public hurt. >> just down the road in washington dc the stand off continues. house speaker john boehner said he's still waiting for president obama to make his next counter offer to the republican plan he rejected. >> i'm going to need a response from the white house. we can't negotiate with ourselves. >> the president and boehner spoke on the phone wednesday. republicans want more. >> we want to si
that syria may be considering the use of such weapons against rebels. new this morning, this mayor of this town along the border with turkey told cnn that jets dropped two bombs wounding several people. >>> it is 18 minutes past the hour. we are getting an early read on your local news making national headlines this story from "the boston globe." a year after the paper found that stores and restaurants across massachusetts were intentionally mislabeling fish. guess what? the practice continues. dna testing shows some business are showing cheaper, lower quality fish instead of what is written on the label. in one case, slices of what were supposed to be white tuna at a sushi shop were an oily species of fish that can cause digestive issues. that's terrible. >>> the "new york times," this story got so much attention locally here and around the nation. the homeless man who received a pair of shoes from a selfless police officer. reporters caught up with him on the upper west side and his new boots were nowhere to be seen. jeffrey hillman said the shoes are hidden because they are wort
that there is a redline for the united states if syria uses chemical weapons in their its civil -- in its civil war. >> i'm not ga that telegraph this any specifics what we would do in the event of -- i'm not gonna telegraph this any specifics what we would do in the event they use chemical weapons against in own people. >> the conflict in syria, expected to top the agenda today during vladimir putin's visit to turkey. during those talks, turkey will probably argue for tougher requirements for bashar assad. >>> it is 7:14. we were hoping to get some answers this morning, but as we just reported, the waiting game continues for same-sex couples hoping to get married here in california. alison burns is in our washington, d.c. newsroom with how the u.s. supreme court is keeping them guessing for a few days. >> reporter: just about 45 minutes ago, the justices released a list of cases they are going to be considering this term and still no mention of same-sex marriages. they are going to talk about it again on friday and rae re-- and -- and release another set of records -- orders. the justices have been aski
. >>> in syria, rebels have taken over part of a large army base in syria. the second takeover of a sire re yun army base in recent weeks. the rebels are trying to -- are trying to gain strength near the border of turkey. >>> today, the day many couples were waiting for, well, it finally came over the weekend. about 146 same-sex couples got married at seattle's city hall, the first day they could legally marry in that state. washington state voters passed same-sex marriage last month. >> i feel so good. i couldn't be happier. it's such a special day for us you, the state and for all of the other couples. >>> nine states allow couples to marry. the supreme court could provide the sweeping ruling that could end the bans on the other states. we should hear their decision about in about six months. >>> former los angeles official who claimed a spinal tumor was to blame for his child pornography addiction will be sentenced. afred abrams will be sentenced for distributing sexually explicit image as. prosecutors want him sense -- sentenced to more than eight years. he said a made his personality alter
egypt's already ailing economy. >>> the obama administration tightening its ties to syria's main opposition group. the u.s. is expected to recognize the new opposition council as the only legitimate representative of the syrian people at an international conference in morocco. britain and france, they've already extended full recognition to that coalition. >>> well, secretary of state, hillary clinton, was supposed to represent the u.s. tomorrow at the friends of syria meeting in mow co but she has a -- morocco but she has a stomach flu. >>> congress is scheduled to break for the holidays this friday. as alison burns reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, both parties have their sticking points. alison? >> reporter: tori, the pressure is on. members of congress are back this morning after a long weekend. and in just about 15 minutes, democrats will be speaking out about the fiscal cliff saying medicaid should not be subject to cuts. in the past 48 hours since president obama and john boehner met face to face, no details on the discussions have -- have been released. the pres
you. it's 7:14. new this morning reports from syria that at least 16 people were killed today by a bomb blast near a school. this is video of the blast site. the state news agency said a car packed with explosives exploded in a residential area. reportedly at least half of those killed are women and children. also this morning for the first time russia which is syria's most important ally said the syria president is increasingly losing control and the opposition may eventually win the civil war. >> there is an urgent demand from business executives from the federal reserve chairman to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. taxpayers are fed up with the delay. >> reporter: while democrats and republicans on capitol hill are digging in their heels, taxpayers say its time to compromise. take a look at this nbc wall street poll. 68% of democrats and 66% of republicans say its time to meet in the middle when it comes to spending cuts and taxing the wealthy and more than half of independent voters feel the same way. also federal reserve chairman demands a deal. he said the longer
. >> richard engel and his crew are safe after they were kidnapped and held inside syria for five days. >> i hope we can laugh tonight after a horrible weekend. i just want the people in connecticut to know that we do not take what you're going through lightly and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us. >>> welcome to "cbs this "cbs this morning." students are going back to students are g school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boyse boys and girls of sandy hook elementary.elementary. their new school at a nearby is town is not ready yet. >>> investigators are still . trying to figure out what led to this massacre.acre. jeff gore is inlor is in newtown, connecticut, where two victims were laid to rest monday morning. >> reporter: good morning to you and good morning to your viewers in the west.n connecticu one week this week will be full of funerals and wakes. friday's in connecticut on monday the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's 6-year-old shooting, 6-year-old noah pozner 6- and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's and lieutenant ed
a major blow to the government of syria. the general of military police appeared on television last night and announced he was defecting and joining the rebels. while dozens of generals have left since the crisis started in march of last year he is one of the highest ranking officers to abandon the government. senate taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a united states base in afghanistan. officials say a car bomb went off at the gates of camp chapman. it killed a security guard and two drivers. it injured six civilians. the base has been targeted by attacks in the past. >>> egypt has a new constitution. the president signed it into law. more than ten million voted to support it but more than two thirds did not participate. critics say it passed to quickly. human rights watch said it protects some rights but undermines others. >> russia's president could soon decide if americans should be ban from adopting russian children. the government voted in favor of such a ban. russian activists say it deprives children of the chance to leave orphanages. it's a response
of the victims. >>> some more deadly violence today in syria. 16 people were killed in a car bomb blast near damascus. this comes as more international figures are talking about an end to president assad's government in syria. russian deputy foreign minister minister said today it appears assad's days are numbered in that country. >>> the question now, where is john mcafee? he has been back in the united states but still no sign of the software tycoon. he was last seen leaving miami international airport last night after guatemala authorities put him on a plane when he was kicked out of the country for crossing the border illegally. >> it was a very tricky negotiation getting out of guatemala. they wanted to return me to belize. the problem was that again police in guatemala are going to be signing a peace accord early next year. belize demanded my return. >> no one knows where he is now probably somewhere in florida. mcafee snuck into guatemala to escape questioning by belize police after his neighbor was murdered. >>> instead of recalling san francisco sheriff ross mirkarimi a group is gat
and the nato both insist the development is only to defend against potential threats of syria. >> defense secretary leon panetta signed the order was on his way to turkey. where he will visit an air base. >> so far there's no word on how long the development of less. >> it is just a matter of days until the nation goes over the fiscal cliff but the real crunch time comes the next couple of days. >> italy schmidt has more from washington. >> it and then but i can't be enough. if that was the case and there the secretary of state announced the bthe in is fast approaching. >> the president still is not serious about dealing with this issue right here. it is this issue. spending. >> democrats countered there are plenty of presidential details it is just that the speaker is on willing to listen to them. >> the speaker cannot ignore the american people forever. at some point reality should set in. >> what is john boehner waiting for. >> democrats and republicans are to focus on and not increasing taxes for the wealth is americans. >> this is just not right. how does this make sense. when time i
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